A child participates in a previous FEAT event. | Courtesy of FEAT of Louisville

According to the Autism Society, autism spectrum disorder affects one in 68 births in the United States, and more than 3.5 million Americans live with autism.

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville is an autism awareness group focused on providing education and support services to the Louisville community. It was founded 18 years ago by a group of parents, and the organization has since initiated many support services and partnered with other organizations to develop educational programs.

On Saturday, June 3, FEAT is holding the 12th annual Outrunning Autism 5K & Fun Walk in Beckley Creek Park at the Parklands of Floyds Fork. And, for the first time, the fundraiser is being sponsored by Churchill Downs. In a press release, FEAT executive director Deborah Morton says they are expecting record-breaking attendance at this year’s run.

“We are so excited about this incredible partnership for the 2017 Outrunning Autism 5K,” Morton says. “It clearly reflects the growth of this event … Our goal is 1,500 people running for Autism Awareness.”

The event also will offer activities such as bounce houses and face painting for children, and much more. The 5K begins at 9 a.m., with the Fun Walk participants leaving on their one-mile trek, and 10 minutes later, the professionally timed 5K run will kick off.

Registration for the event is $40, which can be paid the morning of the race. Online registration is now closed.



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